What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : H.R. 2555. Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Vote to Increase Security Protections at the Nation's Ports and Increase Funding for Firefighters and the Coast Guard. (2003 senate Roll Call 300)
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H.R. 2555. Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Vote to Increase Security Protections at the Nation's Ports and Increase Funding for Firefighters and the Coast Guard.
senate Roll Call 300     Jul 24, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In a second attempt to strengthen security protections in potentially-vulnerable areas of the nation's infrastructure (see RCV #291), Senator Byrd (D-WV) introduced an amendment to the 2004 homeland security spending bill which would have added $100 million for port and maritime security, $42 million for Coast Guard operations, and $100 million for firefighter training and equipment. In the view of Progressives, Byrd's amendment helped address some important vulnerabilities in the nation's security protections; they cited the nation's seaports as an area in drastic need of protection. Republicans voted against Byrd's amendment in accordance with their legislative strategy of defeating all amendments to the bill to preserve a majority coalition of lawmakers who support the underlying appropriations bill. Senator Cochran (RMS) motioned to table (kill) the Byrd amendment and, on a nearly party-line vote of 51-45, the motion was carried and the Byrd amendment was rejected.

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